WHAT’S ON THIS WEEKEND: Lancaster Music Festival, 9th – 13th October 2014

So, you’ve probably just about settled into your lovely new Lancaster home by now. You’ve had Fresher’s Flu and survived (You go, Glen Coco!) and we’re guessing you’re probably cringing at the thought of another vile sip of that Sainsbury’s basics punch as you play one more round of Ring Of Fire… Hey student, man up!

(Disclaimer: To avoid all future drunken arguments, here are the REAL rules to that tragic game. You’re welcome!)


How do you fancy a FREE weekend of music and beer? (Nice try, the beer’s not free!) Lucky for you – as you were probably hoping for a quiet weekend anyway… Lancaster’s got a sweet one planned for all you cheeky beer and music lovin’ folk!

With over 44 venues and hundreds of acts, there’ll be tons to see and do round good ole Lancy! But as you can’t be everywhere at once, here’s are a few of our highlight haunts and local bands to check out over the weekend. Enjoy!

The Feud


For the first time in 1000 years, Lancaster Castle is going to be home to live music and is opening its gate for a public party! The Feud, an electro-pop-rock trio, were born in the Lakes and formed as a band in Manchester. With approval from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Fearne Cotton and Greg James, they have been touring throughout Europe since the release of their debit single in 2010 to sell-out shows. So for £1 entry, are you really gonna miss these lads headline their hometown? Thought not! They’re on at The Castle at 7pm on Saturday 11th Oct ‘14! If you’re not familiar with these 3 (where have you been?!) – listen to them over on https://soundcloud.com/thefeud

Lake Komo


Playing at The Bobbin at 9pm on Sunday 12th Oct ’14, this alt-folk foursome are sure to pull at your heartstrings every musical moment. Formed a year or so ago, these lovely Lancaster lads and lass are everything you’d want from a band, and provide a mesmerising set from start to finish. It’s atmospheric, romantic and completely distinct, accompanied by dreamy vocals and a melodic sound that’ll have you swooning. Fancy a bit of electro? You got it. Fancy some acoustic? You got it. A bit of folk and keyboard magic? You got it! Lake Komo are set for big things, so keep an eye on this talented lot. Check ‘em out over on https://soundcloud.com/lakekomo

The Lumberjack Cowboy Heartbreak Truckin Co


Although these fun-lovin’ guys are headlining the Castle on Friday, if you fancy seeing them in a more intimate venue, they’ll be playing at the Golden Lion at 9pm on Saturday 11th Oct ’14! This U.S alt-country-disco band promise to have you thigh slappin’ and foot tappin’ long after the music finishes! Known for their energetic rhythms, catchy lyrics and country-attitude, The Lumberjack Cowboys will not disappoint. They’ve got a reputation for providing a party, so grab a beer and do the hoe down! Listen to their music over on https://soundcloud.com/lumberjack-cowboy

So make sure you get involved with Lancaster’s very own bank holiday of music, beer and good times this weekend! For a full list of the venues and acts, check out the Lancaster Music Festival website.

If you’re looking for modern, city-centre and affordable student housing in Lancaster, give us a call here at CityBlock! Get in contact with our friendly team on 01524 541251 today!


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How to Fake It with TV Shows

So you’re finally settling down at uni, now the madness of freshers’ week has passed. You’re finding a whole new routine: reading all the set texts, getting to bed early (of course!), handing in work well before the deadline. And you’re making all new friends. Pretty soon though someone’s going to ask you the following question – and if the answer is no, you could risk losing everything. Ok, you’ll probably lose nothing, but still, you could lose everything.


‘Do you watch Game of Thrones?’


‘Have you seen Breaking Bad?’


For those who have watched these shows, and countless like it – The Walking Dead, Homeland, Penny Dreadful – it’s a wonderful ice-breaker, and you can spend the next twenty years of your life discussing the finer points of Westeros politics, or Aaron Paul’s physique.


But what if you haven’t seen these TV shows? What then, you massive pariah, you? Obviously you’re going to get ‘round to watching them – it’s just fitting it into that crazy-hectic schedule you have. So here’s three quick tips for faking it in conversations when those inevitable questions roll around.


‘Oh, I don’t remember that bit.’


A fantastic catch-all, it’s better for folks to think your memory is shot than to confess you’ve never watched Game of Thrones. Anyway, nobody remembers anything about Game of Thrones except the deaths. And if that comes up, just smile, nod, and then claim you prefer the books.






‘I started watching it, but…’


This is a quick get out, useful for if you want to end the conversation quickly. You started watching it, but… But you don’t even have to finish the sentence. Just trail off, with a wave of your hand, as if you’re too good to waste time on such petty matters as television when there are atoms to be split and wars to halt. If you do fancy giving a reason, try to remember everything you’ve heard about the show and choose something that hasn’t been too highly praised. If you claim to have stopped watching The Walking Dead because it was too predictable, you’ll be found out for the faker you are. But if you say you stopped because it was too gory – bingo – you have a valid excuse.




‘I haven’t reached that series yet.’


This is a great excuse if you’d like to remain friends with whoever you’re speaking to. If you tell them you’re only at season two, hopefully the other person will be so far ahead, they won’t actually remember what happens back then. Try mixing this with some vague statement about Breaking Bad’s Walter having trouble mixing his drug and you’ll be fine.


Seriously though, being at uni can be pretty nerve-wracking. So relax, be yourself and friends will flock to you. One thing you don’t need to worry about though is your digs. If you fancy checking in to modern, high quality student housing in Lancaster or Leicester, contact us today and our dedicated staff will be happy to help you out.

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4 Things You Definitely Won’t Miss Now You’re At Uni

Ok, so now you’re at uni. And if you’re honest, you probably miss your mum a bit – or at least her wicked-cool cooking. Seriously, can anyone else make spag-bol or bangers and mash as well as she can? Even your dad’s constant moaning, and your sister’s whining – which she calls singing – are probably missed a little bit. It’s ok, we won’t tell anyone. But here’s 4 things you definitely won’t miss now you’re at uni.

‘Turn your music down’

Loud MusicWe know, we know. We love our parents too, but seriously, how many times are they going to tell you to turn your music down? I mean, come on, it’s not even loud! It’s not even the message; it’s that shrill squawk designed to simultaneously make you do as you’re told, and annoy you as much as humanly possible. Your mum will probably use the same tone to tell you to get out of bed in the mornings. Or afternoons, if you’re honest.



Hiding Your Vices

VicesWhatever your vices, now you’re away at university you’ll be able to indulge in them – in moderation, of course – without those disapproving tuts from your parents. No more spraying your hands with deodorant to hide the smell of tobacco. And forget about having to creep quietly into the house after a late-night drinking session with your buddies. If your vices are more, well, studious, that’s cool too; no more annoyingly catty remarks about how your nose is always in a book! Our only tip is this: never mix your vices. That way madness lies. Oh, and definitely don’t inhale – especially if you’re planning on becoming President of the United States.



That Weird Guy at the Bus-Stop Who Always Stares at You

StareYou call him ‘Buffalo Bill’ because a) you don’t know his real name, and b) you’re too afraid to ask. What is his problem?! You’ve asked yourself that every day for six years. That strange guy with the raggedy haircut who mouths dark threats against humanity to himself and stares at you like he’s calculated precisely sixteen-hundred-and-seven unique ways to disembowel you. Doesn’t matter what you’re wearing, or how politely you smile, you’ll still get the creeps when those piercing black eyes lock on to you. At least at uni, if you do meet any weirdoes you’ll be able to befriend them.



Wearing What Everyone Else is Wearing

DragonCon 2012 - Marvel and Avengers photoshootRemember when you had to have the right trainers? Or when the girls mocked your hoodie because they thought they’d mis-printed ‘Corn’ with a backwards K? At university, you can be your own person. So sure, follow fashion if that’s your bag – we need delightfully fashionable people to set those all-important trends. But you don’t need to feel forced into it. I mean, we’re not at school anymore, so set your own style!


If you’re super-psyched to start, y’know, becoming your own person at uni, you’re gonna want some awesome student digs to do it in. We offer high-quality student housing in Lancaster and Leicester, so contact us to arrange a viewing today.

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The Student Dream VS. Reality (Part Two)

So by now, some of you fresh-faced and lovely freshers will have, as of this week, moved in, met your new BFF’s and got started on that deathly mix of Sainsbury’s basics punch in true Fresher’s style. If that’s the case – how’s the head today?

If you haven’t yet embarked on your university adventure, don’t worry! There’s plenty to look forward to, and as promised, here are a few more hard hitting truths regarding student reality VS. the pre-fresher’s daydream. Enjoy!

4. Deadlines



You’ll be sooo organised! You’ll have 1000 completed to-do lists and all your work will be finished and printed days before the final deadline! You’ll even have time to arrange a few meetings with your tutor to check your on the right path. After all, you’re paying £9000+ so you want to do your best, and there is absolutely no way you will ever go out the night before a deadline…



Even though you really tried to say no, you’ll leave most of your course work until the last day or two, and you’ll end up thinking you should have paid rent to the library rather than your accommodation. You’ll become an absolute pro at skim-reading, working on minimal sleep and the speediest typer, ever! You’ll become a little too reliant on energy drinks and you may just be on first-name terms by 3rd year with those heavenly folk from staples who print and bind your essays 30 minutes before a deadline. Hooray for those lovely, lovely, people!

5. Lectures



You’re at university, studying your dream course, with your Einstein-esque lecturers, what could be better? You’ll be at every 9am lecture and for every minute you spend at university, you just keep feeling smarter!



The lecture theatre never look as good as it does on TV, or even in the brochure, some lecturers read off power point, (which you can get off the uni portal anyway!) and most of the time you’ll turn up to a lecture hung over or still drunk and leave at the first opportunity. You’ll ask yourself every time why you didn’t just stay in bed, and that one day you finally make a 9am lecture feeling fresh and ready for action, it’ll be cancelled! Who invented 9am lectures, anyway?

6. Your Beloved Flatmates



Those randomly selected individuals chosen to live with you are going to absolutely-you and become your best friends, forever, for the rest of your life! You’ll go to each other’s weddings and laugh about the ‘the good old uni days’ even when you’re old. Ah, friendship!



Chances are you’ll probably hate at least one of your flatmates. This poor person will either hate noise, hate mess or just hate you! Your other flatties won’t understand the concept of washing up and your kitchen will gradually grow its own zoo of creepy crawlies and furry mould.

7. You!



You’ll find the new independent and completely stylish you, you’ll look immaculate at every opportunity (because you just don’t know who’ll be on campus) and you’ll definitely find and fall in love with your university sweetheart.



You’ll spend the majority of your time in your joggers, or fancy dress! (Let’s hope it isn’t a onesie!) You probably will find love, for at least a day or two until you go on another awkward date or she discovers how weird you and your friends are, and you’ll discover your real talent is cramming a whole Netflix series within 24 hours!

But really, would you change it? University really is the best years of your life, and here at CityBlock we provide quality student living to suit your new lifestyle! For more information or to book a room in our modern DMU accommodation – get in contact with our friendly team on 01162 517 270 today!

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6 Types of Professors You’ll Meet at University

We’ve already looked at the 8 student stereotypes you’ll meet at uni, but it’s not just students you’ll have to meet. This is our look at the worst 6 professors you’ll also have to deal with.


The Scatter Brain

Judging by The Scatter Brain’s flitting about the classroom and general forgetfulness, you’d be forgiven for thinking their mind’s been frazzled by too many years on the job. But no, The Scatter Brain was just born that way. They’re the ones asking, ‘so which chapter were we looking at again?’ Even if you’re one of The Scatter Brain’s favourites, they’ll still forget your name. On the plus side, they’re usually one of the nicest types of professors, and will write up glowing references for you if you decide to continue on to an MA. Y’know, if they remember it.





The Slave Driver

The Slave DriverDon’t cross The Slave Driver. No, seriously, it’s not worth it. Your grades will start to suffer, and you’ll find that you’re the one chosen to describe, in detail, the prevalent themes of the set texts. Every. Week. And don’t you dare confess to not reading the books (Or even just the plot synopses on SparkNotes) because nothing enrages The Slave Driver more than someone who’s taken the easy way out. Slave Drivers use psychological warfare to keep you on your toes – you’ll let your guard down when they’re smiling, but those smiles will never last. It’s a lot like an abusive relationship, without the cuddles after the beating.


The Narcissist


You’re not at uni to study, you fools. You’re there for The Narcissist. Why else would you choose their class? This professor swans around like they’re the star of the show – in their heads at least. Chances are they completely failed as a novelist, but hey, it’s not their fault if the publishing world failed to acknowledge their genius, is it? The Narcissist won’t have a problem with giving their favourite students (read: boot-lickers) better grades, and deadline extensions. For the rest of us, well, smile, nod, and try to look suitably impressed with all the tales they’ll definitely-definitely tell about how awesome their personal life is and the time they met Brian Cox when he was still in D:Ream.





The Rookie (and The Substitute)
RookieIf you’re gonna go out on the razz, make sure you schedule it for the night before The Rookie’s class. There’s nothing worse than being hung-over in The Slave Driver’s class, but with The Rookie it’s a breeze. And so long as you don’t seriously take advantage, you can get away with murder. Ok, not actual murder – last time we checked that was still illegal. But The Rookie is so new they’ll do anything to make you like them just to survive the day. Same applies for those holy days when your class is led by part-timers like The Substitute.



The Ghost


If you’re the sort of student who likes regular class updates or discussions with your professor, you’re gonna hate The Ghost. This tutor seems to literally disappear into the ether, rendering any contact more or less impossible. If they do bother to give out their office hours, you can be sure when you knock on the door they’ll be nowhere in sight. The fact that they even turn up to class is a miracle, but they’ll probably nip out multiple times for a cigarette, leaving their students on their own under the guise of ‘independent study’.




The Grave Digger

Grave DiggerWant a decent university education? Whatever! Hoping to pass with first-class honours? Who cares? Certainly not The Grave Digger, who’s so close to retirement that they’ve stopped even pretending to look like they give two hoots (Even one hoot would be too much for these guys). They’ve been teaching since before Methuselah was in short trousers, and man, does it show. Too many past students have worn them down, and now you’re there, well, that’s just another reason not to get out of bed in the mornings. So deep does the apathy run, The Grave Digger is more than likely to drone you into submission before stopping mid…





Now you should be prepared for uni. If you’re looking for student housing in Lancaster or Leicester, CityBlock can offer you some awesome accommodation. Just get in touch on 01162 517270 or drop us a line at info@cityblock.co.uk.

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Top Seven Student Apps You Need to Download

So you’re off to uni, and while your bags may be packed, how about your phone? Here are our pick of some of the best apps for students.

Toshi Finance

We know what it’s like; it’s your first time away from home and the Government has just put £2000 in your account. Time to spend, spend, spend, right? But if you value your student loan – and don’t want to starve for three months – we recommend the Toshi Finance app. It’s a clear, easy to understand app which lets you keep control over your budget.


Maths Alarm Clock

Alarm Clock

Do you struggle to get out of bed in the morning? We know, it can be a pain dragging yourself all the way across campus at stupid o’clock, especially after an all-night bender. Once the Maths Alarm Clock starts, you won’t be able turn it off until you solve a maths problem. Perfect for waking up your brain before class.


You didn’t read the set text, did you? Relax! SparkNotes offers a great app so you can bluff your way to a First-Class Honours degree. It comes pre-installed with tons of fab study guides, ranging from literature to philosophy, which you can download to your phone. You can even create an online study group, and share what you’re studying.




TED are the undisputed kings of online education. Their Youtube page is jam-packed with fascinating talks about pretty much anything you can think of. Now you can access them all from your phone with the TED app. Whether it’s education, science, business, or even entertainment, get the juice from the world’s leading thinkers and broaden those horizons.


Khan Academy


The Khan Academy has one goal: spread information. To anyone. And everyone. That includes that weird kid who sits at the back of the class snickering at BuzzFeed while you’re trying to take notes. With over 4200 articles and videos on a massive range of subjects, it’s basically like an entire school in your pocket, only without the obvious legal issues putting an actual school in your pocket would draw.




Ok, so you’ve just finished writing a 6000-word essay. But it doesn’t end there. A large chunk of essay writing is your bibliography – and all the questions and panicking that comes with it. Questions like ‘Am I supposed to use Harvard referencing or APA?’ With the EasyBib app, you can see at a glance how to correctly format your bibliography, saving time and most importantly, your sanity.




University isn’t just about education, is it? One of the most important aspects is making new friends, getting proper drunk with them, and then going online to delete the incriminating photographs. But you don’t want to sign in to each and every social media site (That takes up valuable drinking time). With HootSuite you can bring together your Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and FourSquare accounts in one handy little app.


Now you’re ready to head to uni. But if you’re still looking for awesome student accommodation in Leicester or Lancaster, get in touch and find out what we have to offer.

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8 Student Stereotypes You’ll Meet at University

So you’ve packed all your best clothes, all your favourite books and all those epic posters ready for your new student accommodation. And before you know it, you’re a proper student at a proper uni.

Then what? Meet new, like-minded people, of course. With this handy guide, you’ll be able to spot who you want to make friends with, who you want to get with, and who you definitely-definitely-definitely need to avoid.

The Lad

The Lad

The Lad was the most popular kid in school. Trouble is, in his head he’s never left school. The Lad is at uni for two things – and two things only – booze and babes. Sure, we all love drinking with fine folk, but that’s all this guy is living for. Every week is fresher’s week for this guy. He doesn’t realise that fresher’s is only supposed to be seven un-sober days. But why would he? That would require reading a book. And just because he’s at university doesn’t mean he’s going to start now.




The Lass


The Lass

A similar breed to The Lad, The Lass was Queen Bee before she came to university. Now she’s determined to wear her crown (Or more likely a tiara bought from Claire’s) to every damn class and expects you to brown-nose her because she’s so superior. If she ever stopped wearing make-up then it’s a sure-fire bet that Max Factor would go bust.




The Geek

The Geek

The geeks. They’ll inherit the Earth, if the graffiti in the library toilets is to be believed. Not so long ago The Geek was a prime target for catty remarks or worse, from oh-so-cool kids who’d never even heard of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and thought Guardians of the Galaxy was a milk chocolate broadsheet. These days The Geek is the embodiment of pop culture. With superhero movies in every multiplex across the country, The Geeks are Kings and Queens of Cool, no matter what The Lad may tell you (whilst drunkenly dousing your ear with vodka and Red Bull).



The Web-HeadThe Web-Head

Update. Update. Update. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh. It’s been twenty seconds and no-one’s commented on her Facebook status (It’s almost always a girl), and that’s likely to send The Web-Head into a deep spiral of narcissistic depression. Gone are the days when people would check their phones surreptitiously at the back of the class – The Web-Head’s desire for the latest online gossip is so great she will quick-draw her phone any time, any place, even in exams. You’ll know when you meet her: she’ll be super-busy scrolling through her Twitter feed, offering up non-committal grunts when you try to make conversation.




The Stoner

The Stoner

You’ll probably never quite understand how he got into university and, to be honest, he probably doesn’t know himself. The Stoner. When he’s actually awake in time for class, you’ll find him slumped at a desk trying not to make eye contact in case you notice how red his pupils are. If he’s studying biology, he’ll be mesmerised by the innards of a frog. If he’s taking English lit. he’ll be captivated by a Marxist reading of The Turn of the Screw. Like, before Marxism was even a thing, man! Mind blown.





The ActivistThe Activist 02

It’s cool to care. You know that. We all have our pet causes and beliefs. But The Activist takes it to a whole other level. They are drawn to every cause out there, and they want you to join them. Like, really, really want you to join them. It doesn’t matter if they’re of the political Right or Left, The Activist operates in the same way. When they’re not spamming your Facebook with links to dubious websites, they’re brute-forcing a signature out of you for their latest petition. Because it’s not always about helping people; it’s about making themselves feel awesome at the expense of actually making a difference.


The Politician

Special Address: Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Not to be confused with The Activist, The Politician is actually the total opposite. They believe in nothing. Or everything. Or anything you want them to believe. Just so long as you like them. And so long as you’re friends, shouldn’t you be buying The Politician a round of drinks? Until, y’know, the end of uni. The Politician will take advantage of you in every way possible because they’re super-smart and utterly spineless. They are life’s sharks, feeding off others. And somehow, even after all that back-stabbing and lying and unnecessary drama, you’ll still sort of like the old sociopath in a way. You just won’t know why.






The FashionistaThe Fashionista

Gurl, those slingbacks are so last lesson, amirite? The Fashionista has only one interest – looking damn fine. No Primark dresses, no knock-off Louis Vuitton handbags, life is a catwalk and she only buys genuine, mass-produced fashion labels – which she’ll blog about. At great length. Until she’s writing for Vogue or Cosmo. How she affords those stylish clothes on a student loan that usually only lasts you a week or two remains a mystery. But if you’re looking for a chance to shake-up your wardrobe, you could do a lot worse than befriending The Fashionista.




Ready to meet your fellow students? If you’re seeking Leicester or Lancaster University Accommodation we can help. CityBlock offer high quality student rooms and apartments in two of the most exciting university cities in the world. Get in touch with us today on 01162 517270 or email info@cityblock.co.uk.

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The Student Dream VS. Reality (Part One)

As of 2-weeks (ish), a parade of nervous fresh-faced 18+ year olds will be entering into the big wide world of university, with their hopes high of student dreams and independence…

However, all other returning students will be comfortable in the knowledge that all pre-fresher daydreams are in fact a bad rumour. Here’s the first 3 of the top 7 student expectations VS. reality! Enjoy!

(P.S. These hard truths are in fact coming from a bitter graduate who is still not over the fact university life is over, forever!)

1. Your Student Loan



Your first ever student loan will make you feel as rich as Fifty Cent in the candy shop! You and your new rich friends will probably head straight to the pub, and happily buy rounds of jagerbomb after jagerbomb because, why not? You won’t even feel guilty for that £200 (with 10% student discount, of course!) Topshop shopping spree because you’ve got loads of money! Happy days.



After a week or two of frivolous spending, the realisation that your student loan is definitely not going to last a whole term will start to creep in, and you will once again return to the bank of Mum and Dad.  But first, you might as well withdraw that last £3.59 from your bank to purchase a pint of the cheapest lager at the SU, eh? (Note: You don’t even like lager!)

2. Fresher’s Week



Everything is amazing. Everyone you meet is amazing. Life is amazing. Freshers is amazing. Even the hangovers are amazing!



You’ll drink too much, be home by midnight, (that’s if you even make it past pre-drinks!) with a half eaten McDonalds’ by your pillow, and your wallet, bag and clothes uncontrollably thrown all over your room. Chances are you won’t remember a thing from last night, or the people you met! So let’s do it all again tonight, yeah?

3. The Opposite Sex




Welcome to university, everyone is sure to be really, really, ridiculously good-looking, right? Wrong! Blame the babes in the Christmas charity calendars for that promise…



…You wish McDonalds served beer!

Sadly, with pound-a-pint every night of the week, discounts on takeaway and some sort of chain supermarket across the road from your accommodation – the average student puts on at least a stone in the first year of university. Better get your name down for the sports team list now, eh?

Despite these life-crushing realisations, first year is still the best experience of your life, and you will love every minute of it. (Bar the hangovers!) Here at Cityblock, we provide high quality and modern student flats in Leicester and Lancaster to make your uni years even better! For more information or to book a room please feel free to contact our friendly team on 01162 517270 or email us at info@cityblock.co.uk today!

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University Checklist!

We won’t patronise you by presenting a lengthy list of everything that you need to take with you when you move into University accommodation, as we trust that you’ll remember your toothbrush, bedding other obvious essentials.

However, we thought that we’d provide you with some ideas of little extras that you will definitely find helpful in your years at University.

Inspirational Posters & Photo Frames


No matter how modern your university accommodation is, you will want to add your own personal touches to the walls. You are likely to experience homesickness in the first few months that you’re away, which is why it is important to take lots of photos of family and friends with you.

University isn’t all fun and games. Sometimes you will feel a little lost, which is why we suggest that you take some prints or posters of the inspirational persuasion. Check out Etsy for some unique wall art!

Memory Sticks


Pulling an all-nighter and surviving on caffeine pills and self-loathing alone will seem like a terrible waste of time if you don’t back up your work. Laptops can be unreliable, as can University library computers, which is why we suggest investing in a few memory sticks. They will become especially valuable when it comes to writing your assignments, dissertation or thesis.

Sleep Mask & Ear Plugs


You will want to take a lot of naps throughout the day. We recommend investing in a cute sleep eye mask and pair of ear plugs (which will come in handy when your flatmates are throwing a party and you have an exam at 9am). Some earplugs will be specially formulated that you’ll still hear your alarm in the morning (unfortunately).

Notice Board


Whether it is primarily used to remind yourself to buy milk, finish your assignments, or for flatmates to leave charmingly abusive messages or pornographic illustrations, you will thank yourself for investing in a practical notice board.

A Shower Caddy


If you don’t want to leave your pricey Moroccan Oil hair treatments in the bathroom for your sneaky flatmates to audaciously take advantage of, invest in a practical, portable toiletry bag. Look for one with a handle or hook, so that you don’t have to leave it on the bathroom floor.

Academic Diary and Calendar



University lecturers are not forgiving when it comes to handing in assignments after the deadline. They will fail you. With this in mind, invest in a cute and practical academic diary or academic calendar so you can stay on top of assignments and social events easily.

Get the Right Cards



You’ll probably do a lot of travelling in your first year at University, to see your high-school friends and to visit home. Invest in a Young Persons Rail Card, which will give you a third off train fares. Similarly, a NUS card will ensure you get student discount at hundreds of shops and restaurants.

First Aid Kit


Put together a first aid kit and keep it in a clean make-up or toiletry bag. Painkillers, hay fever tablets, plasters, and antiseptic cream should feature.

Free Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier

Make sure your mobile is ready for university too!

My Fitness Pal – An easy way to record what you’re eating with an excellent calorie checker with barcode scanner.

All Recipes – Perfect for days when your fridge looks empty. Input what ingredients you have, and add how much time you want to spend and it will provide you with easy recipes.

Voucher Code – Guarantees discounts and money off at restaurants such as Pizza Express. All you do is press ‘get voucher’ and hand your phone over to the waitress. Easy!

Evernote – A great app for organising your entire life in folders that you can access on your phone, tablet and laptop, even without an internet connection. It works across file formats, so you can save notes in text, image, audio and web links to look at them later.


If you are starting, or returning to, University in September, and are looking for Lancaster University accommodation, please do not hesitate to contact us here at City Block! Call us now on +44 (0)1524 541251 for more information.

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Things You Should Know Before Fresher’s Week… Part 2

As discussed in our last post, Fresher’s Week can be both an interesting, enjoyable and even a little confusing time for any new student entering the big and scary world of independence.

Whether a first year student or going into your final year, we are 99.9% sure you’ll have heard enough cringe-worthy stories to make you want to avoid it altogether, or maybe it makes you want to get the UV paint out and get stuck in!


Whatever your thoughts are towards a week dedicated to boozing, socialising and sleeping – here are a few more things to keep in mind during the mayhem.

4. You WILL NOT die from fresher’s flu… (Although it might feel like it)


The legend is true, and it’s awful. Yes okay, fresher’s flu exists and there’s near to no way of escaping this nasty little bug – but it will only last a few days and once it’s over – you’ll feel fresh and ready to party… again! It’s all part of the fresher’s experience, right? Sure, you’ll feel rotten and in desperate need of your mummy, but you’ll survive it with a week’s supply of tissues, lockets and a whole lot of Netflix. (If you’re that lucky student who has a Netflix account, that is!)

5. Pace yourself


Fresher’s week can differ between universities and some universities have fresher’s weeks that go on for a fortnight. That is 14 days straight of partying, socialising and well, acting the fool – so try not to overdo it! Having a night off isn’t embarrassing, and you definitely will not be replaced in your new BFF friendship group if you give it a miss for an evening! Of course you’ll want to be as healthy as you can be for the start of university too… yes?

6. Not all freshers are like you!


Respect others and their lifestyle choices. Sure, it may sound hard to believe, but not everybody lists fancy-dress and drinking as their hobbies; and likewise some people don’t enjoy computer games and dragons. The beauty of university is that there will always be someone like-minded to become friends with, and although uni can seem like quite a lonely place at the beginning – you’ll soon find the group you fit into and become part of your little uni family.

7. Enjoy it!


And mostly importantly, enjoy it! You won’t get another week (or two) solely dedicated to drinking your body weight in alcohol, drowning in foam and flirting with strangers ever again…until next year, of course!

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